May Fiesta Guide
Popular Philippine Festivals
FLORES DE MAYO / SANTACRUZAN
May | Nationwide
A parade of the town's loveliest ladies depicting the search and discovery of Christ's Cross by Queen Helena and Constantine.
BAWANG (GARLIC) Philippine Festival
May 1- May 3 | Sinait, Ilocos Sur
Competitions and exhibits include biggest garlic, longest and most creative twined garlic bulbs.
DAVAO GULF REGATTA
May 01 - 04 | Davao Oriental
A regionwide float parade representing all municipalities along the gulf, converge in one place featuring decorated bancas and vintas of different designs for competition.
MAGAYON FESTIVAL (HONORING MT. MAYON)
May 1- May 31 | Albay
A festival in the merry month of May, showcasing Albay as it comes to age, its cultural heritage, trade, travel and tourism beyond Majestic Mount Mayon. The festival includes various activity such as beauty pageant, photo/art exhibit, street parade, trade fair, sports fest, guided tours, etc.
VIVA VIGAN FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS
May 1- May 8 | Vigan, Ilocos Sur
A festival in a setting replete with history, heritage and cultural treasures and reminiscences.
PISTA NG PRODUKTONG PILIPINO
May 01 | Boardwalk Beach Resort (Subic, Olongapo City)
Pista ng Produktong Pilipino Manufacturers & Exporters Association, Inc. (PPPMEA) together with ATMACS/Events On Line in cooperation with SBMA,
FLORES DE MAYO 2005
May 1 | Rizal Park, Manila
A grand procession of different celebrities and beauty queens wearing the creation of some of the top designers of the country.
DAYAW DALAN Philippine Festival
May 1- May 3 | San Jacinto, Ticao
Dayaw is an old Tigaonon term which means “to show off, parade or display”. In its strictest meaning, dayaw is to present with pride what is distinctly and essentially inherent in a person. Dalan on the other hand, means in olden times, a mountain trail which now includes path, street and highway. Dayaw Dalan Festival symbolizes the best of what the municipality of San Jacinto have as a town and as a people. The festival is held in honor of its patron saint, Santo Cristo de Burgos.
SUMMER FESTIVAL: PILIPINYAHAN
May 1- May 7 | Tagaytay City
The Pilipinyahan Fest is conceptualized by Tagaytay tourism council in coordination with the Local Government unit to promote the pineapple as the most appealing agricultural product in the locality.
SUMMER FESTIVAL: SANTACRUZAN
May 1- May 7 | Tagaytay City
Parade of beauties from Tourism Oriented and related Establishments of the city.
PATTARADAY FESTIVAL: ARAW NG SANTIAGO
May 1- May 6 | Santiago City
Pattaraday which means unity is celebrated on the occasion of the founding anniversary of Santiago. It celebrates the unity of the ethno-linguistic groups that have merged in the city to make it the melting pot of culture of Region 02 and contributed to the city’s progress and development-unity in action.
PAHINUNGOD Philippine Festival
May 1- May 10 | Calape, Bohol
A 10-day fiesta commemorating the town’s rich ancestry and devotion to the San Vicente Ferrer - its town saint and the Calapenhons “pahinungod” (offer) to come home annually.
BALANGAY Philippine Festival
May 1- May 31 | Butuan City
A month-long fiesta celebration of Butuan City
JOURNEY TO MT. HAMIGUITAN
May 2- May 5 | San Isidro, Davao Oriental
A trek to Mt. Hamiguitan which is the site of the 600 hectare Bonsai field: Pygmy Forest
SALUBONG (HOLY CROSS FESTIVAL)
May 2 | Alitagtag and Bauan, Batangas
A festive celebration of meeting the Holy Cross of Bauan and Holy cross of Alitagtag and Binuhalan shrine at 8:00 am.
FEAST OF THE HOLY CROSS
May 3 | Sta. Cruz, Marinduque
Fiesta of Sta. Cruz in honor of the Holy Cross religious, cultural, and civic activtites are lined up.
BASI Philippine Festival
May 3 | Naguilian, La Union
Objective of the event is to promote “basi”, a wine made from sugarcane. Activities include street dancing, sport events, agri-trade fair & other amusement games.
SUBLIAN Philippine Festival
May 3 | Batangas City, Batangas
An annual celebration to pay homage to the Holy Cross for a bountiful harvest.
CARABAO-CARROZA Philippine Festival
May 03 | Pavia, Iloilo
Features a parade of 18 gaily decorated bamboo sleds and a race among carroza-pulling carabaos on a 400 meter course.
ISABELA DAY: BAMBANTI Philippine Festival
May 4- May 11 | Isabela
Anniversary of the establishment of the civil government of Isabela in honor of Queen Isabela II. Activities like agro-industrial trade and tourism fairs, parades, sports events, beauty pageant and others are conducted to entertain visitors.
MANTAWI Philippine Festival
May 5 | Mandaue City, Cebu
A showcase of the city’s historical heritage and identity promoting the city as industrial and tourist hub, that involves the Spanish regime through street dancing, dioramas, floats, heroes and great personages as higantes, food festival and sports events.
FLORES DE MAYO SA MAKATI
May 8- May 15 | Glorietta, Makati City
One of the biggest processions in Metro Manila participated in by young ladies representing the 33 barangays of Makati, tourism-related establishments, local and government offices corporations based in Makati.
MAKALAWAN "PINYA FESTIVAL"
May 9- May 15 | Calauan, Laguna
Promotes the juicy and sweetest pineapple or "pinya" as main agricultural product of the town of Calauan.
PUJADA BAY Philippine Festival
May 9- May 15 | Mati, Davao Oriental
Fluvial festival to showcase the bounty of coastal resources, lectures on coastal protection/management; cultural presentation and parade.
GLOBAL BALIK-BUTUAN PROGRAM
May 9- May 22 | Butuan City
A grand reunion for all Butuanons residing abroad and other parts of the country to come home and reunite with old friends, classmates, and relatives especially during the Balangay Festival and Adlaw Hong Butuan.
FEAST OF OUR LADY OF BIGLANG AWA
May 10 | Boac, Marinduque
A celebration in honor of the Patroness of Marinduque
LUBI-LUBI (COCONUT) Philippine Festival
May 10 | Gingoog City
A cultural dance festival of the city featuring coconut as one of its major agricultural products.
GALERAN Philippine Festival
May 10 - 11 | Puerto Galera
PAHIYAS Philippine Festival
May 11- May 15 | Lucban, Quezon
An annual celebration to usher in a bountiful harvest; where homes are decorated with the town''s best agricultural products.
AGAWAN SA SARIAYA
May 11- March 15 | Sariaya, Quezon
A thanksgiving celebration of the Lord for the good harvest and abundance of agricultural production.
MAYOHAN SA TAYABAS
May 11- May 15 | Tayabas, Quezon
A thanksgiving event marked with agro-trade fair and the famous agawan ng suman in honor of San Isidro Labrador, patron saint of farmers, for the good harvest and abundance of agricultural product.
100 ISLANDS Philippine Festival
May 11- May 12 | Lucap, Alaminos, Pangasinan
A merry making and festivity in Western Pangasinan featuring thanksgiving Mass at the seashore of Lucap
BALWARTE SA GUMACA
May 11- May 15 | Gumaca, Quezon
Huge arches placed on the strategic locations are lavishly decorated with the most colorful farm produce, local delicacies, horticultural products, palm fronds etc.
PAUKYABAN Philippine Festival
May 11- May 30 | Butuan City
It is an agro-industrial show that featured species of plants and flowers in a display of unique landscapes.
May 12 | Brgy. La Huerta, Parañaque City
The traditional rites means literally “to pick up the girl at the house”.
MANO PO SAN ROQUE Philippine Festival
May 12 | Valenzuela City
Street dancing and procession along the city’s major thoroughfares in commemoration of the feast of San Roque, highlighting the customs and traditional celebration of the festival.
IKALAHAN/KALANGUYA Philippine Festival
May 12- May 13 | Imugan and Malico, Pangasinan
It aims to preserve and develop cultural tradition and better understand indigenous peoples and their cultural practices including how they protect the forest.
SANTA CRUZAN IN BAGUIO "SABSABONG TI MAYO"
May 13- May 14 | Baguio City
A fashion show featuring beauties and designers from North Philippines
PULILAN CARABAO Philippine Festival
May 13- May 15 | Pulilan, Bulacan
A thanksgiving fiesta that features oiled, perfumed carabaos paying homage to Pulilan''s patron saint by kneeling in front of his statue.
4TH FOREIGN CHAMBER SMALL
& MEDIUM ENTERPRISE TRADE FAIR
May 13 - 14
A trade fair showcasing the products made by the country's small and medium entrepreneurs.
May 14 | Albay
The Provincial Government of Albay has declared May 14 as "Albay Day" starting May 14, 2004 and every year after. The celebration which falls in May during the annual month-long Magayon Festival
FIESTA BICOLANDIA CRUISE
May 14- May 18 | Cebu City
Bringing the best of the Bicol region showcasing its products, festivals, arts and crafts, among others highlighted by the procession of Our Lady of Peñafrancia joined by the Bicol Association of Cebu and Marianne devotees.
FEAST OF SAN ISIDRO LABRADOR/CARABAO Philippine Festival
May 14- May 15 | Angono, Rizal
A tribute to San Isidro Labrador with colorful/joyous procession of carabao carts carrying a myriad of local products
SAN ISIDRO FESTIVAL (PANDANAN)
May 15 | Luisiana, Laguna
An annual celebration in honor of farmer’s patron saint San Isidro Labrador.
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FEAST IN THE HONOR ST. VINCENT FERRER
May 15 | Dipolog City
Dipolog City fiesta celebrated with motocross, concerts and beauty pageants
ONGGOYAN Philippine Festival
May 15 | Malimono, Surigao del Norte
Celebrated with much gaiety and funfare. It features agro-Industrial fair, beauty contest, sports festival and street dancing depicting movement of monkeys.
MANGGAHAN SA GUIMARAS
May 15 - 22 | Guimaras
A commemorative celebration of the anniversary of Guimaras as a province and to showcase the premier product of the province (mango) and the various local attractions.
FILHAIR COOP ANNUAL HAIR & MAKE-UP TRENDS
Annual competition of hair & make-up artists cum exhibit
SARUNG BANGGI Philippine Festival
May 18- May 25 | Sto. domingo, Albay
A fun-filled 8-day summer activity to immortalize the song Sarung Banggi and pay tribute to its composer Potenciano Gregorio. It showcases a variety of cultural and religious activities, food and sports fest, Beauty Search, folksong fest, agro-industrial fair and many more.
SANGGUTAN Philippine Festival
May 18 | Barugo, Leyte
A dance of the drinkers honoring the age-old process of wine-making.
PASUNDAYAG NORTHERN MINDANAO
May 18- June 1 | Intramuros, Manila
A showcase of Northern Mindanao’s rich cultural heritage through songs and dances, arts and crafts,agricultural products and destinations in Intramuros Manila.
FARMERS Philippine Festival
May 19- May 20 | Bacarra, Ilocos Norte
A festival that highlights a street dance parade participated in by cressed up framers; agro-industrial trade fair; contest of the biggest farm harvest and livestock.
BANWAHON Philippine Festival
May 20 | Barangay Mat-i, Surigao City
An ethnic dance competition depicting customs and traditions as well as the culture of early inhabitants of Barangay Mat-i Surigao City
KAOGMA Philippine Festival
May 21- May 27 | Camarines Sur
A week-long celebration of the of the foundation anniversary of the Province of Camarines Sur. The festival features numerous activities such as cultural expositions, sports events, beauty pageant, procession and Grand Parade.
PAGSALABUK Philippine Festival
May 21- July 1 | Dipolog City
Pagsalubok Festival is a Subano term that means “get together” or “togetherness,” which aims to showcase the myriad interplay of culture among the Muslims, the Lumads and the varied and diverse culture of the settlers form all over the Philippines to include the Spanish, Chinese, American and other Asian culture that have meticulously woven and shaped into what is now the unique Mindanao tri-people culture
LUBI-LUBI (Coconut) Philippine Festival
May 22 | Gingoog City, Misamis Oriental
A cultural presentation using parts of the coconut palm and other indigenous materials as props and costumes.
PANAGYAMAN Philippine Festival
May 22- May 24 | Bayombong, Nueva Vizcaya
The 165th Anniversary of the establishment of the civil government of Nueva Vizcaya. Activities include street parades,street dancing, cultural shows, float parades and contest, sports events by municipality, agro-industrial fairs, others.
BOLOBONG KINGKING Philippine Festival
May 23- May 24 | Loboc, Bohol
A music and dance festivity depicting the history, folklore and traditions of the Lobocanons. Bolibong Kingking is a term applied to the drums and gongs and their rhythm used to accompany the supplicantion dance ritual in frong of the Image of Our Lady of Guadalupe, the 2nd Patron of Loboc.
SANTACRUZAN WITH KUMBIRA
May 23- May 31 | Rizal Blvd., Dumaguete City
Procession of biblical characters and the traditional sagalas representing the Blessed Virgin’s attributes. On this festivity one can also witness the city’s prettiest promenade in their finery parading followed by performing contingents.
PAHOY-PAHOY FESTIVAL (SCARECROW)
May 25 | Western Samar
A grand parade and street dancing of people in scarecrow costumes.
AVIATION, MARITIME AND DEFENSE 2005
May 26 - 29
Air, Land, and Sea Products/Technologies for Commercial, Industrial, Leisure, and Defense
May 26- May 30 | New Bataan, Compostela Valley
A trek to Mt. Manurigao-Malumagpak, one of the region''s newly discovered eco-tourism destinations.
9TH INTERNATIONAL AVIATION, MARITIME, DEFENSE (AMD)
May 26- May 29 | Philippine Trade Training Center, Manila
An exhibition that serves as catalyst for successful trade negotiations and development of vital linkages between sellers and buyers in their effort to upgrade and modernize their aviation, maritime, and defense capabilities. It is the pioneering exhibition of its kind in the Philippines, with a track record of successfully providing a platform for commercial aviation, maritime, and defense contractors to showcase their products and technologies to a captive market.
SANTACRUZAN SA INTRAMUROS 2005
May 29 | Intramuros, Manila
Department of Tourism together with Intramuros Administration will bring back the glamour of the 1900s Manila Carnival Queen in this year’s Santacruzan sa Intramuros.
PADARAW Philippine Festival
May 30 | Bulan, Sorsogon
A festival showcsing colorful costumes fashioned from the abaca fiber. It is highlighted by a grand street presentation wherein the participants are clad in colorful costumes using the abaca fibers.
May 31 | Alitagtag, Batangas
Tapusan honors the Holy Cross on the last day of May
SANTACRUZAN (ZAMBOANGA CITY)
May 31 | Zamboanga City
Parade of beauties with Reyna Elena carrying the Holy Cross.
Department of Tourism
Philippine Convention and Visitors Corp.
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